Are We Now Paying For Those ‘Cut Government Spending’ Candidates We Elected?

by Curt Kovener

Did you vote for candidates who wanted to cut government spending? Put government on a business basis? Eliminate government regulations? Get government off the backs of business and out of our private lives?

So now how does it feel to travel 100 or more years back in public health history? Maybe now we realize (and way too late) that government funding of inspections, regulation and oversight as it applies to public health is a wise investment in “We, the People.”

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic takes us back. It transports us to a time when there were no available antibiotics, virtually no vaccinations and limited medical-care interventions compared to what exist today.

The leaders we elected to the White House, the Statehouse and the Courthouse weren’t paying attention until the wolf was at our door or perhaps; the Huns were at the gate.

So now, this public health approach of a century ago is also all we can employ to contain the coronavirus, a virus without a specific antiviral medication to treat it or a vaccination to prevent it.

COVID-19 is 10 times more lethal than influenza and is now on every continent except Antarctica. Compared with the MERS and SARS coronaviruses, this coronavirus will probably be much more difficult to control.

Despite the new inconveniences of our now everyday life of social distancing, public health officials expect that we have not seen the worst of this pandemic and many more cases and deaths will follow. Although, so far, relatively few cases have been identified in Indiana, it is anticipated that intensification will occur as a result of person-to-person contact that may have happened before we all sequestered ourselves.

A long incubation period of up to 14 or more days, spread of infection from asymptomatic infected individuals and a high mortality rate make this virus especially worrisome.

Possible effective antiviral medications are being explored but will take a year or more to develop.

This current health threat should be a reminder of the value of our elected leaders supporting public health on the federal, state and local levels. The very success of public health— the absence of diseases that once routinely killed healthy people— has rendered public health interventions invisible and taken for granted by the public and government. These interventions involve advancements in sanitation, housing, food protection, nutrition, clean water, pure food and drug legislation, antibiotics and vaccination.

Historically, we have woefully underfunded federal, state and local health departments. The Trump administration earlier in his term reduced Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding. Indiana ranks 49th in public health funding with the Indiana State Department of Health spread thin and most county health departments, including Scott and Jackson Counties, lacking adequate infrastructure and personnel.

Indiana and most states will need significant federal assistance and leadership. The Trump administration has provided a delayed and less-than-adequate federal response with President Trump busy politicizing what should be a bipartisan effort. We can only hope that Vice President Mike Pence, the former Hoosier Governor not highly enlightened nor historically proactive in public health matters but now in charge of the federal government’s coronavirus response, will leave the decision making to federal public health experts.

Now that citizens are showing infection, businesses closed, and the stock market has plummeted to the levels since before Trump was elected by vowing to Make America Great Again, the federal government (which is already trillions in debt) is busy throwing money at a problem that could have been decreased with adequate pre- emptive funding for research and tests.

What we are experiencing and how we now must live is why funding public health is so important.

And what about those anti- vaccine advocates among us? Will they refuse a COVID-19 immunization when available for them and their children and then continue spreading the disease among the rest of us?

(Dr. Richard Feldman, an Indianapolis family physician and a former Indiana State Health commissioner, contributed to this column.)

Legal Notices

2020 Scott Tax Rates
Scott School District 1 Annual Performance Report

LEGAL NOTICE
The members of Zoah Christian Church, 700 N. Zoah Church Road, Scottsburg, Indiana will meet Sunday morning April the 5th at 10:30 AM to elect a Trustee. The name of Gene Amos had been approved by the Church’s Board and will be voted on by the members present for approval to serve as Zoah Trustee.
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LEGAL NOTICE
PUBLIC TEST
Notice is hereby given that the Scott County Election Board will conduct a public test of the electronic voting systems to be used in the upcoming primary election on May 5, 2020.
This test will be conducted at the Scott County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Room, Suite 128.
Missy Applegate, Secretary
Scott County Election Board
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LEGAL NOTICE
SCOTTSBURG MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY
Scottsburg, Indiana
Proposed Rate Adjustment Applicable to the 2nd Quarter 2020 and Supporting Schedules
For use with approved electric rates and usage for the period: April 2020, May 2020, and June 2020 and utility bills payable: June 2020, July 2020 and August 2020
Rate Adjustments
The Rate Adjustments shall be on the basis of a Purchase Power Cost Adjustment Tracking Factor occasioned solely by changes in the cost of purchased power and energy, in accordance with the Order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, approved on December 13, 1980 in Cause No. 36835-S3 as follows:
Rate Adjustments applicable to the Rate Schedules are as follows:
Residential Service Rate R
($0.006031) per kWh
Single Phase Commercial Service Rate C
($0.006003) per kWh
Three Phase Commercial Service Rate C
($0.006003) per kWh
General Service Rate GS
($0.005932) per kWh
Industrial Service Rate IS
($0.005829) per kWh
Optional Large Industrial Service Rate OLIS Billed on IMPA’s ECA Factors
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LEGAL NOTICE
Legal Notice of Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given that the Scott County Advisory Board of Zoning will hold a Public Hearing at the Scott County Courthouse, 1 East McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN, on Wednesday October 9, 2019, at 6:00 P.M at which time all interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard in reference to the matters set out in the “Description of Action Requested” below:
Case Number: CU-01-20
Applicant: Anthony Oxendine
Owner: Anthony Oxendine as owner of Kentuckiana Funeral Service dba Spring Valley Funeral Home
Description of Action Requested: Applicant wishes to operate a self-contained crematory facility on said property in an existing metal-sided pole barn with concrete floor. Licensed staff will operate the computerized system which is designed and regulated to emit no odor or pollutants.
Description of Property Affected: 72-08-98-200-006.000-005 cka 5330 East State Road 356, Scottsburg, IN 47170 and containing 43.54 acres.
The petition (application) and file on this matter are available for public inspection during the regular working hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, at the Scott County Courthouse, 1 E. McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN in Suite G40 until two days prior to the hearing date. (Office: 812-752-8445, ext. 1)
Martha A. Randall,
SC BZA Administrative Assistant
3/18, 3/25

LEGAL NOTICE
Legal Notice of Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given that the Scott County Advisory Board of Zoning will hold a Public Hearing at the Scott County Courthouse, 1 East McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN, on Wednesday April 8, 2020, at 6:00 P.M at which time all interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard in reference to the matters set out in the “Description of Action Requested” below:
Case Number: V-03-20
Applicants: Roland and Gayle Collins
Owners: Roland and Gayle Collins
Description of Action Requested: Applicants requesting that a Variance be granted from Zoning Ordinance standard of 950 square feet of living space so that a mobile home containing at least 700 square feet of living space can be used as a CU residence for his parents, both of whom have medical conditions. Variance CU-05-19 granted in October, 2019, and amended in January, 2020, to allow placement of mobile home on applicant’s property based on medical need of parents.
Description of Property Affected: 72-06-19-100-006.001-005 cka 12 North Napper Road, Lexington, IN 47138, and containing 2.27 acres accessible by legal easement.
The petition (application) and file on this matter are available for public inspection during the regular working hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, at the Scott County Courthouse, 1 E. McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN in Suite G40 until two days prior to the hearing date. (Office: 812-752-8445, ext. 1)
Martha A. Randall
SC BZA Administrative Assistant
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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF SUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION
Cause No. 36C01-2002-ES-020
In the Circuit Court 0f Jackson County, Indiana.
Pursuant to I.C. 29-1-7-7, notice is hereby given that Jackson County Bank was on the 28th day of February, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of
Susan I. Macak, deceased, who died intestate on the 3rd day of April, 2019, and authorized to administer this estate with court supervision.
All persons having claims against this estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the office of the Clerk of this Court Within three (3) months from the date of first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedent‘s death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred.
Dated at Brownstown, Indiana, this 28th day of February, 2020.
Melissa J. Hayes
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Jackson County, Indiana
Denise K. Connell
Lorenzo, Bevers, Braman & Connell
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 524-9000
(812) 524-9001 (fax)
connell.denise@outlook.com
3/18, 3/25

LEGAL NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA
COUNTY OF SCOTT
IN THE SCOTT CIRCUIT COURT
CAUSE NO. 72C01-2002-EU-007
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF
MARTHA KARI KESSLER-GEE, Deceased
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
Notice is given that Kristina Kessler was, on March 9, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Martha Kari Kessler-Gee, deceased, who died on February 18, 2020. The Personal Representative is authorized to administer the estate without Court supervision.
All persons who have claims against this estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the office of the Clerk of this Court within three (3) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedent’s death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred.
Dated: March 9, 2020.
Missy Applegate
Clerk, Scott Circuit Court
Kerry Thompson, #840-72
Houston, Thompson and Lewis, PC
49 East Wardell Street
Scottsburg, IN 47170
Telephone: (812) 752-5920
Email: kthompson@htllawyers.com
Attorney for the Estate of Martha Kari Kessler-Gee
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LEGAL NOTICE
State Of Indiana
County Of Jackson
In The Jackson Superior Court 2
Annual Term 2019
Cause No.: 36D02-1912-AD-36
NOTICE TO NAMED MOTHER
Elaina Barger, who has been named the mother of the child born on February 14, 2009 to Elaina Barger and Gabriel Land, is notified that a petition for adoption of the child was filed in the office of the clerk of the Jackson Superior Court 2, 109 S. Sugar Street, Brownstown, IN 47220.
If Elaina Barger seeks to contest the adoption of the child, she must file a motion to contest the adoption in accordance with IC 31-19-10-1 in the above named court.,
If Elaina Barger:
(1) does not file:
(A) a motion to contest the adoption
the above named court will hear and determine the petition for adoption. Her consent will be irrevocably implied and her parental rights will be terminated.
Nothing Taylor and Carolyn Barger or anyone else says to Elaina Barger relieves Elaina Barger of her obligations under this notice.
A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statutes.
Prepared by:
Amanda L. Goecker
Attorney at Law
1407 Corporate Way
Suite 107
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 522-7473
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LEGAL NOTICE
IN THE SCOTT SUPERIOR COURT
STATE OF INDIANA
IN RE THE ADOPTION OF Cambrie Sky Caudill, a minor
Cause No. 72D01-2001-AD-1
NOTICE OF ADOPTION
Cecil Cory Caudill is notified that a petition for adoption of a child, named CSC born to Skylar Lee-Anne Barnett on November 18, 2014 was filed in the office of the clerk of court, Courthouse, 1 E. McClain Ave, Room 252, Scottsburg, IN 47170. If Cecil Cory Caudill seeks to contest the adoption of the child, Cecil Cory Caudill must file a motion to contest the adoption in accordance with IC31-19-10-1 in the above named court not later than thirty (30) days after the date of service of this notice. If Cecil Cory Caudill does not file a motion to contest the adoption within thirty (30) days after service of this notice the above named court will hear and determine the petition for adoption.
The consent to adoption of Cecil Cory Caudill will be irrevocably implied and Cecil Cory Caudill will lose the right to contest either the adoption or the validity of Cecil Cory Caudill implied consent to the adoption. No oral statement made to Cecil Cory Caudill relieves Cecil Cory Caudill of Cecil Cory Caudill obligations under this notice. This notice complies with IC 31-19-45-3 but does not exhaustively set forth a person’s legal obligations under the Indiana adoption statutes. A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statutes.”
Missy Applegate
Clerk
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LEGAL NOTICE
IN THE SCOTT SUPERIOR COURT
STATE OF INDIANA
IN RE THE ADOPTION OF Francisco Alexander Rodriguez, a minor
Cause No. 72D01-1912-AD-47
NOTICE OF ADOPTION
Nevada Nicole Herera is notified that a petition for adoption of a child, named FAR born to Francisco Rodriguez Hernandez on June 2, 2010 was filed in the office of the clerk of court, Courthouse, 1 E. McClain Ave, Room 252, Scottsburg, IN 47170. If Nevada Nicole Herera seeks to contest the adoption of the child, Nevada Nicole Herera must file a motion to contest the adoption in accordance with IC31-19-10-1 in the above named court not later than thirty (30) days after the date of service of this notice. If Nevada Nicole Herera does not file a motion to contest the adoption within thirty (30) days after service of this notice the above named court will hear and determine the petition for adoption.
The consent to adoption of Nevada Nicole Herera will be irrevocably implied and Nevada Nicole Herera will lose the right to contest either the adoption or the validity of Nevada Nicole Herera implied consent to the adoption. No oral statement made to Nevada Nicole Herera relieves Nevada Nicole Herera of Nevada Nicole Herera obligations under this notice. This notice complies with IC 31-19-45-3 but does not exhaustively set forth a person’s legal obligations under the Indiana adoption statutes. A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statutes.”
Missy Applegate
Clerk
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LEGAL NOTICE
IN THE SCOTT SUPERIOR COURT
STATE OF INDIANA
IN RE THE ADOPTION OF Christian Michael Rodriguez, a minor
Cause No. 72D01-1912-AD-48
NOTICE OF ADOPTION
Nevada Nicole Herera is notified that a petition for adoption of a child, named CMR born to Francisco Rodriguez Hernandez on March 14, 2012 was filed in the office of the clerk of court, Courthouse, 1 E. McClain Ave, Room 252, Scottsburg, IN 47170. If Nevada Nicole Herera seeks to contest the adoption of the child, Nevada Nicole Herera must file a motion to contest the adoption in accordance with IC31-19-10-1 in the above named court not later than thirty (30) days after the date of service of this notice. If Nevada Nicole Herera does not file a motion to contest the adoption within thirty (30) days after service of this notice the above named court will hear and determine the petition for adoption.
The consent to adoption of Nevada Nicole Herera will be irrevocably implied and Nevada Nicole Herera will lose the right to contest either the adoption or the validity of Nevada Nicole Herera implied consent to the adoption. No oral statement made to Nevada Nicole Herera relieves Nevada Nicole Herera of Nevada Nicole Herera obligations under this notice. This notice complies with IC 31-19-45-3 but does not exhaustively set forth a person’s legal obligations under the Indiana adoption statutes. A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statutes.”
Missy Applegate
Clerk
3/11, 3/18, 3/25 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
State of Indiana
County of Scott
In the Scott Superior Court
Cause No: 72D01-2002-JT-20
72D01-2002-JT-21
72D01-2002-JT-22
72D01-2002-JT-23
IN THE MATTER OF THE TERMINATION OF THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP:
CD – DOB 9/9/2006
DD – DOB 10/24/2007
CM – DOB 12/3/2008
JM – DOB 6/5/2010
and
Mary Davis (Biological Mother)
Jimmy Melton (Biological Father)
SUMMONS FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION & NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS HEARING
To: Mary Davis
Whereabouts Unknown
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the above noted parent whose whereabouts are unknown, that the Indiana Department of Child Services has filed a Petition for Involuntary Termination of your Parental Rights, and that an adjudication hearing has been scheduled with the Court.
YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear before the Judge of the Scott Superior Court, One East McClain Avenue, # 252, Scottsburg, IN 47170 – 812-752-8425, 812-752-8424 for a(n) Initial Hearing on 4/14/2020 at 1:00 PM and to answer the Petition for Termination of your Parental Rights of said children.
You are further notified that if the allegations in said petition are true, and/or if you fail to appear at the hearing, the Juvenile Court may terminate your parent-child relationship; and if the Court terminates your parent-child relationship you will lose all parental rights, powers, privileges, immunities, duties and obligations including any rights to custody, control, visitation, or support in said children; and if the Court terminates your parent-child relationship, it will be permanently terminated, and thereafter you may not contest an adoption or other placement of said children.
You are entitled to representation by an attorney, provided by the State if applicable, throughout these proceedings to terminate the parent-child relationship.
YOU MUST RESPOND by appearing in person or by an attorney within thirty (30) days after the last publication of this notice, and in the event you fail to do so, adjudication on said petition and termination of your parental rights may be entered against you, in your absence, without further notice.
Missy Applegate, Clerk
Krista A. Willike, 32250-10
Attorney, Indiana Department of Child Services
1050 W. Community Way
Scottsburg, IN 47170
Office:  812-595-5529
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